Camden Cricket Club’s million dollar boost

Big hit: Camden MP Chris Patterson, councillor Lara Symkowiak, Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones and Camden Rams president Benham Dodd celebrate the Centre for Excellence.
Big hit: Camden MP Chris Patterson, councillor Lara Symkowiak, Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones and Camden Rams president Benham Dodd celebrate the Centre for Excellence.

Calling all cricket lovers – Camden Council wants to hear from you.

A draft masterplan for a premier cricket facility to be built at Fergusons Lane is now available for community feedback.

The plan for the multi-million dollar Cricket Centre of Excellence was developed by the council in consultation with Cricket NSW and Camden Cricket Club.

It is expected to cost $29.4 million.

Camden mayor Peter Sidgreaves has called on the community to have their say on what will become “a fantastic sporting venue in the area”.

“This is an exciting project that council will work towards and adds to our impressive sporting facilities following the opening of Narellan Sports Hub last year,” Cr Sidgreaves said.

“We want to ensure residents are involved in the creation of this premier facility, so I encourage everyone to make comment on the draft masterplan.”

The cricket centre will be delivered in a staged approach with stage one including one premium cricket field with turf pitches, picket fencing, drainage and irrigation, an amenities building and 70 parking spaces at a cost of $6.1 million.

Camden Cricket Club president Benham Dodd told the Advertiser earlier this year he was “blown away” by the idea.

“It is overwhelming,” he said.

“It’s fantastic for the club and for cricket in NSW.”

Mr Dodd said this space would revolutionise cricket in Camden.

“It will give Camden Cricket Club a home,” he said.

“With the growth population corridor we are seeing more people than ever before playing cricket.

“And now with women’s cricket as well, we are starting to run out of fields to play on.” 

Local clubs currently play at Kirkham, Belgenny and Onslow Oval.

Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones told the Advertiser last year they were thrilled with the idea.

“Whether they be community cricketers or aspiring elite cricketers, where they get to play and train every week is central to the quality of their experience,” he said.

“So it’s really important that everyone has easy access to high quality cricket facilities.”

Mr Jones said the centre would be a hub for all things cricket.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity, things like this don’t come around very often,” he said.

“It will become a place that Cricket NSW can use for a multitude of programs including academy squads and state challenges where teams come from all over NSW to compete for selection in teams for national championships.”

Once fully completed, the proposed facility will include:

  • Two premier cricket ovals with turf pitches;
  • One premier oval with synthetic pitch;
  • Picket fencing to all ovals;
  • Flood lighting to two ovals, one for premier sports;
  • Sand slit drainage and irrigation to all ovals;
  • Two storey amenities building;
  • New two-lane bridge access to the site;
  • Two coat sealed roads;
  • 140 car parking spaces;
  • Training nets with turf and synthetic pitches;
  • Maintenance storage sheds; and
  • Nepean River Trail connections and landscaping.

For more information and to make a submission, visit Council’s website: camden.nsw.gov.au.